Project Backer: Charleston Moves
If We Were Mayor, we’d make it possible to go anywhere on a bicycle: short trips, long trips, trips to parks, trips to stores, trips with family and friends, or trips for tourists.
Taking a page from the story of the Ravenel Bridge with its destination bike and pedestrian lane, Wonder’s Way, we’d work quickly to make the same thing happen over the Ashley River. We’d press ahead with plans to take an existing lane and convert it for this purpose.
Watch our video link at the bottom of this page for details on how this can benefit Charleston and what it will take to get there.
See the progress in this Ashley River Bridge Concept Video as The DOT starts work on phase one.
The Charleston City Council voted to move forward with the plans to convert one lane of traffic into a bike and pedestrian lane on the Ashley River bridge. Please click here to see the city’s Economic Impact Review of the planned bike lane. Follow this link to view the Mayor’s acceptance to County .
It would be a great thing for the people of Charleston and our visitors. It would help make more people healthier and happier. It would help balance our transportation system. We know that in the very near future, we will not be able to put down enough asphalt to keep pace with our automobile dependency. And, it would immediately help alleviate some of the traffic snarls we see on roads like Savannah Highway because it would be connected with the West Ashley Greenway.
The new route could become a bike/pedestrian traffic conduit between West Ashley and employers large and small on the Charleston peninsula, including MUSC, the College of Charleston, Roper St. Francis, and more.
Engaging the community in reaching a consensus on the lane conversion and understanding benefits v. tradeoffs in the near term, given that the bridge is near the top of the list of bridges needing replacement in the state (per SCDOT).
Establishing the connectivity into West Ashley and into downtown presents challenges that can be overcome.
Ashley River Crossing Video Presentation
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